The first sea bass report I’ve received indictates that the ocean is finally warming up after a frigid winter. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported seeing stripers, though they wouldn’t hit. They then caught some blackfish and ling plus short sea bass during a calm, warm day.
Also at Belmar, the Ocean Explorer reported yesterday wasn;t as good as Tuesday, though some blackfish were caught including one close to 10 pounds. The Big Mohawk is also catching blackfish on a daily schedule.
Capt. Jim Freda said both his morning and afternoon trips a cpouple of days ago on Shore Catch were a grind, but large stripers were caught with light St. Croix tackle by casting plugs and